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5 Facts About the Flag of Minnesota

Minnesota has an official flag. As shown in the adjacent photo, it consists of a modified version of the state’s official seal on a blue field. You can find the Minnesota flag displayed in front of thousands of homes and businesses throughout the North Star State. It’s a simple, colorful flag with a rich history behind it. Even if you’ve seen the Minnesota flag, however, you may be surprised to learn the following facts about it.

#1) Originated in 1893

The origins of the Minnesota flag can be traced back to the late 1800s. In 1893, the Women’s Auxillary Board held a contest seeking a desk for an official flag. After reviewing roughly 200 entries, they selected Amelia Hyde Center’s design as the winner. Center created a two-sided design with white on one side and blue on the other side. The Women’s Auxillary Board awarded Center with a prize of $15 for winning the contest.

#2) Revised in 1957

Like many other state flags, the Minnesota flag has been revised. The first revision occurred in 1957. Prior to this period, the Minnesota flag features a two-sided design with white and blue colors. Lawmakers revised the design in 1957, though, to make it blue on both sides. This was done primarily to lower the cost of manufacturing. Businesses can manufacture the Minnesota flag at a lower cost by using blue on both sides.

#3) Flown Sunrise to Sunset at the Capital

If you’ve ever driven by the Minnesota State Capital, you may recall seeing the state’s flag. The Minnesota flag is displayed in front of the Minnesota State Capital from sunrise to sunset all 365 days of the year.

#4) Features 3 Years

There are three different years included in the Minnesota flag’s design: 1819, 1858 and 1893. What do these years symbolize exactly? The year 1819 symbolizes the founding of Fort Snelling. The year 1858, on the other hand, symbolizes Minnesota’s statehood. And the year 1893 symbolizes the origins of the Minnesota flag.

#5) The Pine Trees Represent Minnesota’s Official State Tree

When inspecting the seal within the Minnesota flag, you may notice a forest of pine trees. The seal features a waterfall, and directly behind the waterfall is a forest of pine trees. The red pine, of course, is Minnesota’s official state tree. Minnesota also has three pine regions, which include the St. Croix, Lake Superior and Mississippi.

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